WYR: Out of the Basement and Into the Wood

Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …

What’s Your Read?

As I drink endless cups of tea, I’m imagining my disappearing voice representing the out of place tween who silently stalks the basement of the Biltmore Estate at night. Yeah, it’s a desperate attempt to put a shine on my pathetic immune system, but hey, I’ve got a new book to read . . . as long as the cold meds don’t knock me out.

Serafina and the Black Cloak takes all of three seconds to launch into action. No waiting around before the going gets tough. By the end of chapter one, twelve-year-old Serafina has nearly been kidnapped, killed, and/or had her soul sucked dry, which makes me quite excited to see how far the rising action can continue to, well, rise. There’s quite a bit of potential: children disappearing in the night, a terrifying figure in a black cloak, the threat of discovery at every turn contrasting with the urge to know the world, and a menacing forest that probably holds the key to Serafina’s past.

Already well worth fighting the medicine-head. Just don’t expect me to be able to talk about it for a while. Literally.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

  Have a suggestion for my next read? What’s yours?

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